Thanksgiving is the perfect occasion to think about all the things we tend to take for granted throughout the year.
And that includes our capacity to hear.
While sight, smell, and taste are at the front of our mind throughout the holidays, hearing oftentimes takes a back seat—that is, until we start paying better attention.
To truly savor the holiday season requires being fully present, and that includes being mindful of all the sounds that frequently escape our full attention.
Here are five sounds to be mindful of and grateful for this Thanksgiving.
- The sound of food sizzling – You can’t match the aroma of roasting turkey filling the house, but have you ever paused to appreciate the sounds of a lively kitchen with food sizzling and popping and timers going off? With a house full of hungry guests, you’re specifically not going to want to miss those timers.
- Conversations around the dining table – The holiday season is an opportunity to get everybody together for engaging conversation. You won’t want to miss out on any big news or amusing stories from friends and family you rarely get to see. And as for those you’d rather not hear from, you’ll just have to pick your seat at the dinner table carefully.
- Thanksgiving day football – To the discouragement of many non-football fans, the NFL has somehow incorporated itself into the holiday tradition. But for the sports fans in the family, the sounds of the crowd, the big hits, and the eruption after a touchdown are hard to match in intensity.
- Thanksgiving day parades – The sound of marching bands and cheering crowds in the background is a staple of Thanksgiving day. You’ll want to ensure that you catch all of the music and activities.
- Holiday movies – Has anybody ever not eaten too much at Thanksgiving dinner? Following the big tryptophan-filled feast and lots of socializing, it’s nice to sit back, relax, and watch your favorite films.
Each of these sounds amplify the complete Thanksgiving experience, and the more mindful we are of them, the more we can enjoy the day. It’s part of being fully present and immersing yourself in the moment.
Unfortunately, hearing loss can weaken or eliminate several of these sounds. Missing out on interesting discussions, or not being able to hear the dialogue in movies, creates stress and anxiousness that should have no part in the holiday celebrations.
That’s why we’re urging those with hearing loss to consider the use of hearing aids prior to the holiday season. Hearing aids can boost all five of the preceding sounds, bringing them into sharp focus, perhaps for the first time in a long time.
It’s time to take back your holiday season—arrange your hearing test today!